Preschool Students Welcome for Screening

The annual Preschool Screening for three and four year olds will take place from August 26-28 at Delta Elementary School. For new preschool students, entrance into the program includes a two step process. First students will be “screened”. “Screening” is a quick look at developmental milestones in the areas of communication, physical development, cognitive thinking development, social/emotional development and self help skills. The screening provides parents with good information about how their child is developing in comparison to expected normal development. All parents of three and four year olds are welcome to bring their children to this screening.

Since the Delta Preschool Program is designed specifically for students who have Special Educational needs, those students for whom the screening indicates there may be areas of concern will be invited to participate in the second step of the enrollment process. The second step of the Preschool enrollment process is the “Evaluation”. This is a more complete look at students who may have demonstrated concerns during the screening process. At such a young age, it is sometimes difficult to get a good feel for what a student can do in a short time. Students are often shy and don’t necessarily respond well to the new situation. For this reason, a more complete evaluation will allow staff to see the child in a more comfortable setting and a chance to see their true capabilities. During this evaluation time, it is also possible to bring in specialists to evaluate those students having difficulties in specific areas. Parents may need to provide transportation for their child during this evaluation period.

It is possible that students demonstrating significant developmental delays may have a disability affecting their learning. For these students early entrance into school will be very important. The sooner education begins, the more likely the child will either be able overcome the disability or, at the very least, the gaps in learning will be minimized.

After completing the evaluation, the parents of students having significant developmental concerns and meeting the State definition of disabled, will be encouraged to enroll their child in the Delta Preschool program for the remainder of the school year.

Research has demonstrated that the earlier intervention starts for students with learning difficulties, the more successful those intervention strategies are. Delta/Greely’s preschool special education program is designed to help those children most in need of early intervention so that they have the greatest chance for success.

Parents of four-year-olds who do not qualify for the program based on having a disability may enter their child’s name into a lottery drawing by calling the Delta Elementary School office. Between 2 and 4 non-disabled students will be chosen to participate in the program. This drawing will be made during the week of September 14th and parents will be notified by September 18th. Students chosen through the lottery process will begin preschool the week of September 21st.

Parents with questions about the program should contact the school at 895-4696.

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